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Lexx: The Dark Zone Stories 

Lexx (original title)
A group of disparate fugitives from an interplanetary tyranny find themselves in control of a massively powerful starship.

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Paul Donovan
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Series cast summary:
Brian Downey ...  Stanley H. Tweedle / ... 61 episodes, 1996-2002
Michael McManus ...  Kai / ... 61 episodes, 1996-2002
Jeffrey Hirschfield ...  790 / ... 58 episodes, 1996-2002
Xenia Seeberg ...  Xev Bellringer / ... 55 episodes, 1998-2002
Tom Gallant Tom Gallant ...  The Lexx 52 episodes, 1996-2002
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The tyrants who rule the Light Universe pass their essence onto their successor upon their demise, while their still-conscious brains are kept in a vault; their chief resource is Lexx, the most-powerful mobile weapon in the universe, which can only be commanded only by the keeper of the hand-key. The previous incumbent wiped out the Brunen-G race, except for Kai, whom he kept in a state of amnesiac suspended animation, to be revived by proto-blood for short periods and used as an assassin. Into this background comes anti-hero Stanley Tweedle, an ignored non-entity clerk, who misses an appointment and is branded a criminal. In the dungeons, overweight Zev has been convicted of not fulfilling wifely duties, and is being transformed into a gorgeous, svelt love-slave. Meanwhile, captured terrorist Thodin, due for public execution, escapes with his gang's help, and causes chaos, setting into motion Tweedle's accidental theft of Lexx and new ownership of the hand-key, Zev's escape with her ... Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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Sci-Fi with an attitude!


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Rated R for sci-fi violence and gore | See all certifications »

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19 July 1997 (USA) See more »

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Lexx: The Dark Zone Stories See more »

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Berlin, Germany See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Tim Curry and Barry Bostwick both appeared together in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. See more »

Quotes

Zev: What kind of robot are you?
790: I'm a robot who wants to live in your underpants.
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All Universes, characters depicted, names used, and incidents portrayed in this film are fictitious. No identification with actual persons is intended nor should be inferred. Blah, blah, blah-- See more »

Alternate Versions

In season 2, episodes "The Web"/"The Net" contain mostly overlapping material but told from a slightly different perspective. But only "The Net" has a definitive conclusion so the US Sci-Fi Channel decided not to show "The Web" at all. See more »

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Referenced in 9:10 - 4:45 (2015) See more »

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The Meltdown
(1993)
by Lunatic Asylum
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Strange, But Endearing
3 April 2004 | by HellBoy13See all my reviews

Most science fiction deals with characters who are altruistic or malevolent, and have stories that are simple, with good guys defending against bad guys. "Lexx" is different, in that it explores the amoral side of humanity not by showing these usually undesirable traits not just in minor characters, but in the main characters, in the crew of the Lexx itself. There is a Dark Man, an unemotional and undead assassin, defender of the crew. But then there are the half-lizard nymphomaniac, the unintelligent "dirty old man" (who somehow became the Captain of the Lexx through an accident), the robot head driven by love-psychosis, and the sentient, organic Lexx itself, a living ship and slave to the Captain who, if unchecked, would be content in destroying or feeding on organic life in the form of other space ships or entire planets.

The questionable desires of the crew are usually left unfulfilled in the episodes, and morality and good win out in the end over immorality and evil, but not before a thorough exploration of self-indulgent natures and evil.

True, the low-budget nature of the series may make it ideal for viewing in late night hours as an alternative to infomercials, but the series is nothing if not imaginative. Other series have cropped up since, with similar themes of a powerful space ship crewed by fools and lechers, but "Lexx" is definitely unique in that its flawed characters are so familiar that they become endearing.


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